Android users are being warned about a trick that allows you to read deleted WhatsApp messages, which could compromise your phone data.
There are a few apps that can retrieve deleted messages.
But one new app, WAMR, appears to retrieve deleted data from WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and other platforms.
Due to the encryption on Android devices, WAMR can’t access the messages directly.
Instead, the app uses your notification history to read the messages and create a message backup, according to information from the Google App store.
The WAMR app detects deleted messages and will show you a notification.
Other media, such as pictures, videos and animated gifs can also be recovered from messages.
The app cautions that it is not a way to recover deleted messages. It also warns about limitations based upon the app that stores the message data or the Android operating systems.
The downloading of the app can also pose privacy risks.
To install the WAMR app on your Android device, you will need to grant several permissions.
According to some Android users, the WAMR app will detect a deleted message and then show you a notification.Shutterstock
These permissions could cause data to be stolen from other apps on your smartphone.
Information Security Newspaper reports that internet search history and contact lists are among the data that could be accessed by the WAMR app.
The outlet reports that, despite security risks, the WAMR App has been downloaded more 10million times.
The app is currently only available on the Android Marketplace. Shutterstock
You should carefully weigh the risks of downloading an app like WAMR, which could compromise your phone’s security and data.
WhatsApp has been long praised for its privacy features and encryption.
With its end-to–end encryption for calls and messages, the app offers privacy.
According to reports, the WAMR app has been downloaded more than 10 million times.play.google.com
WhatsApp recently unveiled a new update that allows users to easily contact the company’s support team.
This story originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced here with permission